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A Three Course Comedy Bursting With Flavour


I will begin with a warning: Do not go to see this movie on an empty stomach!

Part visual love ode to food, part father/son redemption tale, Jon Favreau’s ‘Chef’ is a film that is very hard not to like.
Think ‘Rocky’ with a cooking knife.
Jon Favreau, director of studio blockbusters ‘Iron Man 1 & 2′, has [...]

Peter Berner, Host of Backberner, at Comedy Festival!

By 24 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 4 March 2014 to 9 March 2014. ]

Best known for his hosting role on cult hit Backberner and The Einstein Factor, Peter Berner is returning to his roots as a stand-up comic to say all the stuff he can’t get away with on the telly!

Peter Berner is one of Australia’s best known media personalities, and has been on TV and Radio for [...]

Looking for a Monday laugh?

By 17 February 2014

With the Canberra Comedy Festival coming up, get in early tonight at Smiths’ Alternative for ‘Schnityz and Giggles’.
Canberras’ only regular improvised comedy show, inspired by ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ (no Wayne Brady unfortunately but we are working on it). Come see some of your cities best improvisors perform for the honour of winning the ‘Golden Schnitz’. [...]

SAMMY J ready to rock the Canberra comedy festival

By 17 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Smart, catchy, witty, filthy and hugely entertaining musical comedian, Sammy J, is coming to the 2014 Canberra Comedy Festival. Sammy’s hosted a national sketch comedy show and performed to sell-out crowds in Australia and the
massive international comedy festivals in Edinburgh and Montreal. His musical comedy has seen him nominated for two ARIA awards.
Sammy’s 2012 Aria [...]

Host of The Project, Charlie Pickering, at Canberra Comedy Festival

By 10 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Before Rove Live, Talking About Your Generation, and The Project made him a household name, Charlie Pickering was at the top of his game as a stand-up comedian. Witty, inventive, and edgy, Pickering toured the world, selling out shows from Melbourne to Edinburgh. Now he’s hitting the stage again to say the stuff he can’t [...]

Dear Weetbix #88 – Prometheus by Jay Sullivan

By 12 December 2013

Dear Weetbix,
I was at a gig last week and two things occurred that haven’t happened for at least two years.
1) Prometheus and I performed together, and;
2) I was watching him and I knew that I couldn’t follow it.
He and I used to gig together a lot, but both living such hectic lives and having young [...]

Hotel Incognito! 24 hours of improvised comedy

By 11 December 2013

[ 13 December 2013 to 14 December 2013. ] “Hotel Incognito” will consist of 24 shows running approximately 45 minutes, starting on the hour, every hour, from 8pm Friday 13 December and running until 8pm Saturday 14 December. That’s right there will be shows running all night and all day, so if you rock up at 3am there will be an episode being performed.

Set in [...]

Rioters get to buy their 2014 Canberra Comedy Festival Gala tickets early

By 10 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Pre-purchase future mirth before anyone else has a chance to gobble it all up by heading over to the Canberra Theatre website and entering a special code!
What code? Well you’ll need to be a premium-member to find out!
Email from the same email you used to create your membership here and he’ll give you the [...]

The Fridge at The Street Theatre

By 10 September 2013

[ 11 October 2013 to 13 October 2013. ]

Duck Bunny Theatre are hitting the Street Theatre with their new satyrical work The Fridge next month.

In a re-imagining of John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, Duck Bunny Theatre’s new satirical play The Fridge, mocks the powerful, and exposes the foolish in a comedic fable about the clash of want versus need premiering at The Street Theatre [...]

Jay Leno writer, Simon Taylor is coming to Civic pub

By 27 August 2013

[ 4 September 2013 at 8:00 pm; ]

Jay Leno is the talk-show guy with the big chin whose show isn’t aired here in Australia.

We only really know because he’s parodied on other shows that are aired here.

Well the guy that writes his jokes is headlining at the Comedy Club at Civic Pub.

Comedy Club at the Civic Pub is proud to present internationally [...]

The Office by Impro ACT

By 5 August 2013

[ 6 September 2013 to 21 September 2013. ] An interactive, roving show where the audience are able to follow their favourite character and/or storyline as the actors navigate an actual workplace.

Comedy Slam at Smith’s Alternative

By 28 May 2013

[ 6 June 2013 at 7:30 pm; ] J C Inman of ‘poetry slammin’ fame and Smith’s Alternative are starting up a new comedy slam night at Smith’s that kicks off on the 6th of June.

Smiths Alternative hosts the first edition of Slammed Laughter, a 5 minute stand up comedy competition

Entry is open to all, sign up on the night!

Entrants compete for cash [...]

Win Dayne Rathbone tickets!

By 27 May 2013

Comedian Dayne Rathbone’s offering a double pass to a lucky RiotACT Paid Subscriber for this weekend’s show.
First to email with your [paid] userid wins the tix!

Its Me Dayne I’m Back Again

By 26 May 2013

[ 30 May 2013 to 31 May 2013. ]

Since starting his comedy career in Canberra in 2010, hilariously-awkward comedian Dayne Rathbone has gone on to national and international success. In 2011 he took out Australia’s biggest comedy competition, Raw Comedy, followed by second place in So You Think You’re Funny at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Last year he supported Anthony Jeselnik (USA) on his debut [...]

Comedy Festival declares victory!

By 8 April 2013

The Canberra Comedy Festival is letting us know how their first year went!
The inaugural Canberra Comedy Festival, which ran from March 19th March 23rd, showed that Canberrans have an appetite for Comedy – posting whopping audience numbers in its first year.
The festival hosted a range of local, interstate, and international comedians performing over 28 shows, [...]

Canberra Comedy Festival kicks off with a bang

By 19 March 2013

[ 19 March 2013 to 23 March 2013. ] I was lucky enough to be a guest of the Canberra Comedy Festival for their gala showcase tonight.

While Andrew Barr was speaking (and making a pretty well delivered joke about having to play the straight man) his staff emailed out a media release sharing his thoughts:

This evening I officially opened the inaugural Canberra Comedy Festival, [...]

ACT Policing’s new underage drinking campaign is comedy gold


Have you watched the video yet? Do it. I’ll wait. I don’t want to ruin it for you.
My original title for this article was going to be ‘Magical fortune telling iPhone app helps Sarah from Belconnen not sleep with a hipster’ but that would be giving it all away.
Everything about this clip is amazing. From [...]

Celia Pacquola – Delayed at Canberra Comedy Festival


[ 20 March 2013 to 21 March 2013. ]

Not actually delayed. That’s the name of her show. Celia Pacquola is performing at the Canberra Comedy Festival on the 20th and 21st of March according to her media release.

One of the best comedians on the Australian circuit, and now making waves
internationally, Celia won the Age Critics Award at the 2011 Melbourne
International Comedy [...]

Must See Comedy at Casino this Thursday

By 9 January 2013

[ 10 January 2013 at 8:00 pm; ]

A stand-up comedy show featuring one of the UK’s most acclaimed and experienced comedians and 3 of Australia best up-and-coming comedic talent will hit Canberra in January.

The Must See Comedy tour features the UK’s Jeff Green, known by many for his appearances on television shows such as Good News Week and Spicks and Specks.

“The funniest [...]

Your chance to be in a studio audience here in Canberra

By 26 September 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 27 September 2012 at 6:00 pm; 28 September 2012 at 6:00 pm; ]

Normally if Canberrans want to be in a TV studio audience they have to make the trip to Sydney.

But Southern Cross Ten are letting us know they’re going to be shooting a new comedy “The Green Room” at their Watson studio and the public are invited to be in the studio audience.

This week we [...]

El Jaguar (Canada) returns to Comedy Club

By 14 September 2012

[ 3 October 2012 at 8:00 pm; ]

El Jaguar (Canada) dropped in for a short guest spot at Comedy Club at The Civic Pub in 2011 and blew audiences away. We’re all intrigued to see what El Jaguar has in store for us for this headline set.

A retired and washed up former WWF luchador, (a masked Mexican wrestler), and emotionally broken, single [...]

Hot Five Comedy at Charlie Black

By 4 September 2012

This in from Charlie Black:
The Hot Five is back! Come and watch some of Canberras up and coming stand up comics battle it out with their best five minutes for a chance to win $1000 Cash! This event will be running over five weeks with a lineup of all star hosts. Logon to [...]

ACT comedian Kale Bogdanovs headlining TAC, moving to US

By 4 September 2012

[ 11 September 2012; ] Comedy Club at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre welcomes Kale Bogdanovs to headline on 11th September.

Before he leaves Australia, the four-time Melbourne International Comedy Festival performer is recording a CD to show the world what he can do. Come and support one of Comedy ACT’s favourite sons and a genuinely unique and brilliant performer.

The bar is open, support acts [...]

Bart Freebairn headlines Comedy Club

By 20 August 2012

[ 5 September 2012 at 8:00 pm; ]

Bart Freebairn has been around the comedy scene for a little while with appearances on Triple J, Abc and The comedy channel. No stranger to the Australian Comedy circuit Bart has brought his fresh left of centre style to Melbourne comedy festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival. People who work at [...]

A Cabaret cure for Mondayitis hits the capital

By 27 July 2012

[ 13 August 2012 at 7:00 pm; ] Launched on the 30th April 2012 Mondayitis Cabaret is a fringe night spanning genres from burlesque to ballroom and comedy to cabaret; begun by local burlesque performer Chocolate e Claire to give local performers a venue to display their talents and to raise funds for the ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service. Their first show sold out and after a few technical difficulties was a great success.
Mondayitis Cabaret has launched their next event ‘Secret Lives’ for Monday August 13th to a fantastic response. Hosted by production manager and local burlesque performer Ivy Ambrosia and with a line up including local burlesque and drag performers, musicians, singers and pole dancers it’s promising to be a great night with a little something for everyone.

Raw Comedy Winner Headlines Comedy Club

By 18 July 2012

[ 1 August 2012 at 8:00 pm; ]

Since winning the prestigious national Raw Comedy Competition in 2010, Luke Heggie has gone on to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on national television, and sold out runs of shows at the Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals. Heggie will be performing his festival show, “Master of None”, as part of the next Comedy [...]

Improvention 2012 – Festival of improvised comedy and theatre

By 19 June 2012

[ 30 June 2012 to 7 July 2012. ] Improvention is the largest festival of improvised comedy and theatre in Australia, and it happens right here in Canberra!

From Saturday 30 June through to Saturday 7 July, there will be festival shows on every night in numerous venues across Canberra. Performance program is available at:

Improvention 2012 opens with a Celebrity Gala on Saturday 30 [...]

MIC Comedy Night

By 5 June 2012

[ 14 June 2012 at 8:00 pm; ]

On June 14 come check out the best of Canberra’s comedy talent at the CIT Music Industry Centre. Also featuring some musical interludes from Lavers. The gig will be filmed by CIT Media students. Some parts of the show might include coarse language and potentially offensive material.

Doors open 7:30pm for 8:00pm [...]

Toby Halligan headlines Comedy Club

By 28 May 2012

[ 6 June 2012 at 8:00 pm; ]

Ex-Canberran comic Toby Halligan headlines Comedy Club at The Civic Pub on June 6.

Toby Halligan is one of Australia’s most exciting young comedians and improvisers. A NSW Raw Comedy semi-finalist, and winner of the Worlds Debating Comedy Award in 2003, he’s performed at the Midsumma Festival, LOL Comedy at Melbourne Fringe, on [...]

Jay Sullivan is the Drunk Monk


[ 1 May 2012 8:00 pm to 2 May 2012 10:00 pm. ]

Jay Sullivan is the drunk monk. Well, almost. He is a bald semi-Buddhist and, by his own admission, “has no sex or possessions.” Sounds like a monk to me. Not for the faint hearted but with wisdom to impart, Jay’s new show: “I Am the Drunk Monk” shows why he is not only Canberra’s favourite [...]

If things go badly this Valentines there’s always comedy at the Civic Pub

By 8 February 2012

[ 14 February 2012 at 8:00 pm; ]

Comedy at the Civic Pub on Valentine’s Day.

Just in case you need a laugh.

The Creatives Part 3: The Comedians

By 27 January 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

This week’s shout out goes to the funny men and women of Canberra.
Stand-up comedy must be one of the hardest gigs in the world – it’s just so easy to fail!  A comedian asks more from their audience than any other performer.  They ask the audience to laugh every few seconds, and if the audience [...]

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